North Central College - Naperville, IL

College hosts national math contest for junior high students

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Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

Sept. 28, 2010--North Central College will host a testing site for the American Mathematics Contest 8 (AMC 8) for students in grades 8 and below. Students who are either home-schooled or enrolled in area junior high schools are invited to participate. The contest will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the College's Smith Hall at Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St., Naperville.

Registration is now open and will close Oct. 29. Contact North Central College Professor of Mathematics Richard Wilders at 630-637-5234 or by email at and ask for a registration form. There is no fee to participate in the AMC 8.

The Committee on the American Mathematics Competitions organizes national contests like the AMC 8 competition on Nov. 16 in order to recognize and reward student excellence in mathematics. The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice examination in middle school mathematics that is designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.

Students who achieve high scores on this test will be invited to participate in the AMC 10 exam for students in grades 10 and below. North Central College will host the AMC 10 contest at its campus on Feb. 23, 2011. All high school students are invited to compete in the AMC 12, which also will be hosted by North Central College on Feb. 23. Top scorers in these contests qualify to compete in the American Invitational Mathematics Examination with the possibility of qualifying to compete in the International Mathematics Olympiad. North Central College will host these exams for all students who qualify from our site.

"The AMC contest is the premier contest for students in this age group," says Wilders, who is also chair of North Central's science division and the Marie and Bernice Gantzert Professor in the Liberal Arts Sciences. "Youth who have a knack for and an interest in mathematics really enjoy these types of competitions. Our campus is centrally located to many students in the western suburbs."